On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 30

Events in Music

  • 1858 Charles Hallé founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London

  • 1952 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony premieres

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1959 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith

Music releaseMusic Single

1961 "I Fall to Pieces" single released by Patsy Cline (Billboard Song of the Year 1961)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1965 "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

  • 1969 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • 1971 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • 1973 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY

Music awardsMusic Awards

1981 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music awardsMusic Awards

1989 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 1995 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • 1995 Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "The Tonight Show"
  • 1998 Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman" premieres at the Marquis Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances
  • 2007 "Lost Without U" single released by Robin Thicke (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1505 Thomas Tallis, English composer, born in Kent, England (d. 1585)
  • 1563 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, born in Bruges, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1647 Konrad Hoffler, German composer (d. 1705)
  • 1694 Joseph Joachim Benedict Munster, composer
  • 1697 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist & composer, born in Scheden, Germany (d. 1773)
  • 1710 Vigilio Blasio Faitello, Italian composer (d. 1768)
  • 1724 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, born in Rosenheim (d. 1797)
  • 1752 Joseph Matthias Kracher, Austrian composer, born in Mattighofen, Austria (d. 1835)
  • 1756 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist & composer, born in Marbach on the Danube, Lower Austria (d. 1823)
  • 1760 František Xaver Partsch, Czech composer, born in Duchcov (d. 1822)
  • 1861 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler [Martin Karl Löffler], German-born US violinist and composer, born in Schöneberg, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 1862 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1950) [1]
  • 1892 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), born in Delta, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1911 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Robert Suter, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • 1920 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1921 Bernie Leighton, American orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1966)
  • 1926 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano & stage actress, born in Reading, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Harold Prince, American producer & director (West Side Story, Evita), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1940 David Johnson, American composer, born in Batavia, New York
  • 1942 Dries Holten, Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres), born in Cimahi, Indonesia
  • 1942 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in New York City, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Robert Wittinger, Austrian-born German composer, born in Knittelfeld, Austria
  • 1947 Martin Christoph Redel, German composer, born in Detmold, Germany
  • 1947 Steve Marriott, English musician & songwriter (Small Faces, 1965-68, 75-78); Humble Pie, 1969-75, 79-83 - Eat It), born in Manor Park, London (d. 1991)
  • 1951 Andy Anderson, English drummer (Cure), born in Essex, England
  • 1951 Phil Collins, English drummer & singer (Genesis-Against All Odds), born in Chiswick, England
  • 1952 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, born Termez, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan) (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Alides Hidding, Dutch singer & songwriter (Time Bandits), born in Schoonoord, Netherlands
  • 1958 Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock vocalist & keyboardist (Jack of Hearts), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • 1959 Jody Watley, American R&B singer (Shalamar; "Looking For a New Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 María Granillo, Mexican classical composer (Breathing Music; Mousai), and educator, born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • 1963 Danny Wright, American new age pianist, and composer, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1967 Bill Leverty, American guitarist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1967 Jay Gordon, American rock vocalist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Trevor Dunn, American musician (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3), born in Eureka, California
  • 1975 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi), born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1981 Josh Kelley, American musician, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1986 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter, born in Essex, England
  • 1989 Khleo Thomas, American actor & rapper, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1990 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1991 Rebecca Lovell, American singer & guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1934 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 2016 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1774 František Tůma, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1860 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), dies at 44
  • 1881 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • 1890 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53
  • 1925 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1927 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1929 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1942 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • 1945 William Busch, British composer, dies at 43
  • 1963 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1972 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, dies at 81
  • 1975 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • 1976 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), dies of a stroke at 80
  • 1980 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1982 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1982 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1986 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • 1994 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 1995 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Bob Thiele, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 1997 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, dies at 75
  • 1998 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, dies at 70
  • 2005 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Martyn Bennett [-Knight], Canadian-Scottish celtic-fusion piper, pianist, and composer, dies of cancer at 33
  • 2011 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • 2013 Patty Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 94
  • 2013 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 74
  • 2015 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • 2018 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35